To celebrate the holiday season despite the closure of cultural institutions, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) is giving itself as a present and inviting the public to explore its exhibitions in the comfort of home. From December 1,2020 to January 11, 2021, go to mbam.qc.ca/en/museums-gift-of-the-holidays/ to access free 3D virtual tours of four exhibitions, an opportunity that will then be reserved exclusively for Museum Members.
Museum’s Gift of the Holidays: so many exhibitions to discover
With impressive image quality, these virtual tours allow visitors to stroll through the exhibition space at their own pace, admiring each work, reading all the texts on the wall, and viewing the smallest details up close. There is no time limit on the tours, and visitors can return as often as they wish until January 11, 2021. The premature closure of Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism in early October due to the pandemic disappointed members of the public, and this virtual version provides a last chance to visit it. The audio guide has been integrated into the tour, letting you stroll through the exhibition (almost) as if you were there.
The virtual tours on offer are:
Riopelle: The Call of Northern Landscapes and Indigenous Cultures
This major exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Riopelle (1923-2002), a towering figure in Canadian, Quebec and international modern art, is based on original research. The exhibition explores the artist’s interest in the North and Indigenous cultures, with nearly 160 works and more than 150 artefacts and archival documents. It sheds new light on the artist’s work during the 1950s and 1970s by retracing the travels and influences that fed his fascination with northern regions and North American Indigenous communities.
Paris in the Days of Post-Impressionism: Signac and the Indépendants
Presented exclusively at the MMFA in the summer of 2020, this major exhibition invites visitors on a journey to the artistic effervescence of France at the turn of the 20th century. Through over 500 works from an outstanding private collection, the public will discover a magnificent body of paintings and graphic works by Signac and avant-garde artists: Impressionists, Fauves, Symbolists, Nabis, Cubists, Expressionists, and Neo‑Impressionists.
Yehouda Chaki: Mi Makir; A Search for the Missing
This exhibition pays tribute to the victims and survivors of the Shoah, on the 75th anniversary of the liberation from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and extermination camp. It immerses the visitor in a poignant installation composed of shadowy portraits of individuals executed in concentration camps, as well as a sculpture of books sadly reminiscent of the burnings of Jewish, liberal or leftist books declared non-German by groups of Nazi students.
In mid-December, one other virtual exhibitions will be added to the list:
Manuel Mathieu: Survivance
The exhibition brings together some twenty paintings never before shown in Canada, as well as an installation created especially for the MMFA, in which the artist’s roots and memories gradually reveal themselves, punctuating the vivid, striking compositions. This first solo exhibition of the artist in a North American museum reveals a fluid, expressive, quasi-Expressionist and sometimes even abstract painting style, revealing a world of contrasts, tensions and poetry.
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